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Your Town: Forest Fragmentation

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Forest Fragmentation Analysis Project

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First, click on the map or the menu to select a town. Then use the buttons below to see forest fragmentation maps for each of Connecticut's towns for all study dates as well as a change map. Don't forget to scroll down for summary data tables below the maps!

Follow these links for a description of the forest categories or to see a visual explanation of the forest categories. To take a closer look or compare the forest fragmentation maps with our land cover maps, visit the interactive map. For information organized by watersheds, visit Your Watershed. Also, there are a number of charts and tables summarizing statewide data.

You may also want to visit the land cover "Your Town" page. To download the GIS files, visit the download data page. Finally, don't miss the FAQ page.

Monroe, Connecticut

Monroe Forest Fragmentation and Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % change
Patch Forest 1180 7% 1337 7.9% 1445 8.6% 1521 9% 1650 9.8% 470 39.9%
Edge Forest 5426 32.2% 5427 32.3% 5354 31.8% 5488 32.6% 5398 32.1% -28 -0.5%
Perforated Forest 385 2.3% 253 1.5% 301 1.8% 289 1.7% 318 1.9% -67 -17.3%
Small Core Forest 2058 12.2% 2329 13.8% 2598 15.4% 2405 14.3% 2123 12.6% 65 3.1%
Medium Core Forest 1622 9.6% 839 5% 252 1.5% 408 2.4% 241 1.4% -1381 -85.1%
Large Core Forest 470 2.8% 456 2.7% 451 2.7% 29 0.2% 0 0% -470 -100%
Developed 2790 16.6% 3348 19.9% 3494 19.9% 3842 22.8% 3941 23.4% 1151 41.3%
Non-forest 2662 15.8% 2606 15.5% 2704 15.5% 2626 15.6% 2940 17.5% 277 10.4%
Water 234 1.4% 231 1.4% 228 1.4% 219 1.3% 216 1.3% -19 -7.9%
Total Core Forest 4150 24.7% 3624 21.5% 3301 19.6% 2841 16.9% 2364 14% -1786 -43%
Total Forest 11140 66.2% 10641 63.2% 10401 61.8% 10139 60.3% 9730 57.8% -1410 -12.7%